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07-07-2019 02:37 PM
cseay1949 Bolted the headers and h-pipe on to check my clearances. On the driver side the header flange is 1/2" away from the original toe board, while on the driver side it is 2" into the original toe board. I like to keep at least 1.5" of clearance (a 2x4 on it's skinny edge is a good way to set clearance). That way if need be I could have a heat shield spaced 1/2" away from the body and still leave a 1" air gap to the exhaust. As you can see the tri-five chevy engine bay is a bit wider than the Mercedes.
07-02-2019 01:16 AM
fiftyv8 Great work, don't stop now you are making some decent progress.
06-30-2019 01:55 PM
cseay1949 .. fixed the rust holes and finished the pocket for the driver side hood hinge.
06-30-2019 01:54 PM
cseay1949 Finally got around to finishing the hood hinge pockets. Cleaning up the driver side hinge mount panel revealed a few rust holes ..
05-31-2019 11:51 AM
cseay1949 The hinges partially retract under the cowl when the hood closes, so I am making little pocket recesses in the firewall for them.
05-31-2019 11:46 AM
cseay1949 About the only part of the original firewall that I am keeping is where the hood hinges mount. I cut out the flappers on each side for the heater cores/fresh air inlets (these cars came with an early form of Dual Zone Climate Control -- two heater cores in two heater boxes and the driver and passenger could individually control the temp on their side).
05-24-2019 07:30 AM
fiftyv8 OK then, you have a fair comparison, so other than your engine sitting further forward, you are definitely in the ball park.
Stick with it for sure...
05-24-2019 07:26 AM
Originally Posted by fiftyv8 View Post
How does the floor width in the Mercedes compare to that of the Mustang or similar???

It's pretty darn close! Door panel to door panel the Mercedes is a couple inches wider.
05-24-2019 06:58 AM
fiftyv8 How does the floor width in the Mercedes compare to that of the Mustang or similar???
05-24-2019 05:17 AM
cseay1949 This is what a Fox Mustang floor pan looks like in it's natural habitat .. this is a T5 pan which is slightly higher than the AOD pan in the shifter area. I have been looking at reference photos like this and from other cars (shoebox Fords, tri-five Chevy, early Mustangs and Camaros) trying to get an idea of where I want the toe boards and firewall to be. Going to need to get a milk crate and a pie tin and figure out what feels comfy!
05-22-2019 07:34 AM
fiftyv8 Fair enough, if you are not chasing space then I'm sure it wont matter too much.
Boy, it sure looks roomy under there for now.
Still with more stuff to pass thru I'm sure any extra space will disappear.
05-22-2019 05:56 AM
Originally Posted by fiftyv8 View Post
Does that tranny tunnel need to be that big, it looks kinder tall and wide in your pic's???

It probably doesn't need to be that tall .. even though it is a Fox Mustang automatic floor pan meant for an AOD just like I'm using, I think my trans is lower and farther forward in relation to the pan than it would be on a Fox. The width is just right for clearing the throttle valve linkage on the left and the cooler lines on the right, and the way the Fox Mustang H-pipe tucks close to the trans. I figure the extra clearance on top should both help keep the interior cool and help with engine cooling/airflow out of the engine compartment. And God forbid I ever need to pull the trans out it should be a fairly easy task.
05-22-2019 05:35 AM
fiftyv8 Does that tranny tunnel need to be that big, it looks kinder tall and wide in your pic's???
05-22-2019 05:11 AM
cseay1949 Cutting out what's left of the original firewall and dash ..
05-21-2019 06:30 AM
cseay1949 Six months have passed without any progress .. time to change that! Next moving to the firewall and dash. Pulled the hood, removed the wiper system, and removed the windshield.
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